about us

architour was foun­ded in 2004 by Amsterdam-based Ger­man archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist Anneke Bokern.

 

Since then, our team has guided groups with 2 to 240 par­ti­cipants from all over the world and with diverse back­grounds – from archi­tec­ture firms to muni­cip­al­it­ies and from hous­ing cor­por­a­tions to archi­tec­tur­al asso­ci­ations.

 

The tours are guided by architour-part­ners Anneke Bokern, Paul Vlok or one of the exper­i­enced archi­tects from our team, who speak sev­er­al lan­guages and have vari­ous spe­cial­iz­a­tions with­in the field of archi­tec­ture.

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Anneke Bokern of architour

Anneke Bokern

Part­ner

born in Frank­furt (Ger­many), is a spe­cial­ized archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist and has been liv­ing in Amsterdam since 2000. She holds an M.A. in His­tory of Art from FU Ber­lin and writes about archi­tec­ture and design in the Neth­er­lands. 

 

In 2004 Anneke decided to share her know­ledge about Dutch build­ing cul­ture with vis­it­or groups from abroad. She foun­ded architour and joined the Guid­ing Archi­tects Net­work.

 

Anneke devel­ops pro­grammes, organ­izes tours and guides groups in Eng­lish, Ger­man and Dutch, while still pub­lish­ing art­icles and con­trib­ut­ing to books on Dutch archi­tec­ture.

Her art­icles have appeared in a.o. Domus Ger­many, DETAIL, Mark Magazine, Frame Magazine Azure Magazine, Mare, Bauwelt and HÄUSER.

As an archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist, Anneke has excel­lent con­nec­tions in the Dutch archi­tec­ture scene and is always up to date about new pro­jects. She can tell lots of stor­ies about build­ings and knows the import­ant play­ers in the field.

She’s also the author of the Marco Polo travel guide­book to Amsterdam.

Anneke speaks flu­ent Ger­man, Eng­lish and Dutch, reas­on­able French and has a grasp of Span­ish and Por­tuguese.

www.anneke-bokern.com

Paul Vlok of architour - guiding architects in the netherlands

Paul Vlok

Part­ner

was born in Utrecht (The Neth­er­lands) and gradu­ated from TU Delft with an hon­our­able degree in archi­tec­ture in 1995. In the fol­low­ing years Paul worked as an archi­tect for vari­ous renowned Dutch archi­tec­ture firms.

 

Paul was involved in pro­jects in city exten­sion and urb­an renew­al areas, and his focus has always been on hous­ing as well as urb­an plan­ning. 

 

He’s been guid­ing tours in Eng­lish, Dutch and Ger­man for architour since 2011 and became an architour-part­ner in 2014. Paul devel­ops and organ­izes pro­grammes. He also teaches at the Academy of Archi­tec­ture in Amsterdam.

Paul’s exper­i­ences as an exchange stu­dent at ETH Zürich and in Lausanne turned him into an inter­na­tion­ally ori­ent­ated archi­tect. His Eng­lish and Ger­man are flu­ent, and he also has a good under­stand­ing of Itali­an.

 

Both teach­ing and his exper­i­ence as an archi­tect provide an excel­lent back­ground for his work with architour.

architour-team

Allard van der Hoek

Allard was born in Karls­ruhe, Ger­many, to Dutch par­ents. He stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Ber­lin and worked as an archi­tect in Ber­lin, Par­is and Amsterdam from 1989 until 2004. Since 2004 he is a freel­ance archi­tec­ture pho­to­graph­er, liv­ing in Amsterdam and Ber­lin.
architour guide Christa Rinzema

Christa Rinzema

Christa was born in the Neth­er­lands and grew up in the US and Switzer­land. She stud­ied Archi­tec­ture at ETH Zürich and NJTech Nanjing/China. Since 1995 she lives and works in Amsterdam, and in 2010 she foun­ded Atelier Rinzema. Christa is also a guest teach­er at TUDelft.
architour guide Gebhard Friedl

Gebhard Friedl

Gebhard was born in Vienna, Aus­tria, where he stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Vienna and worked as a freel­ance archi­tect. After mov­ing to the Neth­er­lands in 1998, he took a post­gradu­ate degree in design pro­cess man­age­ment from TU Eind­hoven and worked as an inde­pend­ent man­age­ment con­sult­ant. He lives in Amsterdam and runs his own con­sult­ing com­pany.
architour guide André Günther

André Gün­ther

André was born in Det­mold, Ger­many and stud­ied archi­tec­ture at the Tech­nic­al Uni­ver­sity of Aachen (RWTH). He worked as an archi­tect in Amsterdam and Ber­lin. Since 2010 he runs his own office andAR­CHI­TEC­TURE in Amsterdam.
architour guide Jelte van Koperen

Jelte van Koper­en

Jelte was born in the Neth­er­lands and grew up in France. He took the long road with his stud­ies: start­ing with car­penter trade school, study­ing his way up to Msc of arts in His­tory of Archi­tec­ture. Jelte is a freel­ance tour guide in his­tor­ic cit­ies and more recent pro­jects, and gives lec­tures about archi­tec­ture.
architour guide Jeroen de Vries

Jer­oen de Vries

Jer­oen was born and raised in Amsterdam. He stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Delft and gradu­ated in 2003, and has been work­ing as an archi­tect ever since. From 2009 he’s been work­ing as archi­tec­ture guide, along­side run­ning his own archi­tec­ture office.
architour guide Mirjam IJsseling

Mir­jam IJs­sel­ing

Mir­jam is a Dutch archi­tect. After gradu­at­ing from TU Delft and Columbi­a’s GSAPP New York she worked for the Ber­lage Insti­tute, the Dutch Insti­tute of Archi­tec­ture and the City of Amsterdam. Since 2008 she has her own office in Amsterdam and teaches archi­tec­tur­al design in Delft.
architour guide Ute Brinkmeier

Ute Brink­mei­er

Ute Brink­mei­er was born in Bünde, Ger­many, and stud­ied archi­tec­ture in Mün­ster and his­tory of art in Amsterdam. She worked as an archi­tect in vari­ous Dutch offices and foun­ded her own office Brink­mei­er Elands in Amsterdam in 2018.
architour guide Jack Hoogeboom

Jack Hoo­ge­boom

Jack is a Dutch archi­tect and urb­an plan­ner. He stud­ied and lived in Utrecht, Maastricht, Aachen and Amsterdam, and is based in Rotterdam since 2006. He works as a lec­turer in the Urb­an Plan­ning depart­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­ence in Rotterdam and owns an online art gal­lery with art that relates to cit­ies and archi­tec­ture.
Sylke Gloystein - architour team

Sylke Gloystein

Sylke Gloystein is an archi­tect and trans­lat­or of Ger­man ori­gin. She stud­ied archi­tec­ture at Leib­n­iz Uni­ver­sity Han­nov­er. In 2001 she moved to Rotterdam, where she worked for vari­ous Dutch archi­tec­ture firms, before becom­ing a trans­lat­or in 2015. She has been guid­ing archi­tec­ture tours for architour since 2018.
architour guide Anke Schiemann

Anke Schiemann

Anke was born in Ham­burg, Ger­many. She stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Braun­sch­weig, TU Delft and TU Dresden. Since 1997 she works as an archi­tect in Rotterdam, and in 2006 she foun­ded her own archi­tec­ture office Stu­dio NL‑D. Since 2018 she also works for the aes­thet­ics com­mit­tee of the muni­cip­al­ity of Rotterdam.
architour guide René Bouman

René Bou­man

René Bou­man stud­ied archi­tec­ture at the Academy of Archi­tec­ture in Rotterdam. He worked for vari­ous renowned archi­tec­ture firms in Rotterdam and ran his own office Möhn + Bou­man from 1997 until 2018. Cur­rently he teaches, acts as jury mem­ber, freel­ances as an archi­tect and occa­sion­ally guides groups.
architour guide Annelies Bloemendaal

Annelies Bloe­mendaal

Annelies is a Dutch land­scape archi­tect. She stud­ied Land­scape Archi­tec­ture at the Academy of Archi­tec­ture in Amsterdam and at École Nationale Supérieure de Pays­age in Ver­sailles. She also holds a Mas­ter of Fine Art from the Academy of Art in Utrecht. Annelies has worked for vari­ous land­scape archi­tec­ture firms in the Neth­er­lands, in France and for the muni­cip­al­ity of Amsterdam.
architour guide Yukiko Nezu

Yukiko Nezu

Yukiko was born in Tokyo, Japan. She gained mas­ter degrees in archi­tec­ture at Tokyo City Uni­ver­sity and at the Ber­lage Insti­tute in Amsterdam. She has been liv­ing in Amsterdam since 1997 and has worked for vari­ous renowned archi­tec­ture firms in the Neth­er­lands. In 2002 she foun­ded her own office Urb­an­berry Design.
“Thank you so much for the per­fect organ­iz­a­tion! We really appre­ci­ate the qual­ity of your guided tours. We’re look­ing for­ward to future col­lab­or­a­tions!”
Heidi Zgrag­gen, Vivat Kul­tur, Sankt Gal­len, Switzer­land
“With their com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge and enter­tain­ing man­ner, the guides provided us with two unfor­get­table days in Rotterdam.”
Pub­lic Works Ser­vice, Freiburg, Ger­many